This seminar is an online rebroadcast of a previously recorded program. To participate, you listen and view online.
Originally presented at the 2019 Family Law Conference
8:30 – 8:41 AM | Guardian ad Litem: Role & Responsibility
Speaker: Chad T. Courtney, Courtney & Mills, LLC, Springfield
This concise session explains the role of the GAL and introduces statues and standards that guide and govern GALs.
8:41 – 9:28 AM | Comprehensive Trauma Treatment
Speaker: Rene McCreary, ED. S. LPC, Director of Counseling Services, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA), Kansas City
This session will focus on practices for treating both youth and adults who have experienced trauma. Ms. McCreary will introduce some of the basic processes of the most common treatment protocols and provide tools needed to locate qualified trauma therapists to treat both youth and adults.
9:28 – 10:15 AM | Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
Speaker: Rene McCreary
Learn what EMDR is and how it works, as well as for who EMDR can be used and when it may not be the treatment of choice. Get tools to guide you in making effective referrals for both youth and adults.
10:15 – 10:30 AM | Break
10:30 – 11:20 AM | Domestic Violence 101
Speaker: Pamela Roychaudhury, Managing Attorney, Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Joplin
Examine the nature and dynamics of domestic violence. Specifically, the behavior of individuals who abuse, the complex effects of domestic violence on survivors and their children, its intersection with the judicial system, and tools for a guardian ad litem to utilize when domestic violence is present.
11:20 AM – 12:10 PM | Proper Use of Custody Evaluations
Speakers: Arthur H. Nissenbaum, Law Offices of Arthur H. Nissenbaum, LLC, St. Louis; Dr. Rick Scott, Scott Psychological Associates, LLC, St. Louis
Learn to identify when a psychological or child custody evaluation may be necessary by utilizing guidelines to help analyze these situations. The presentation will examine the types of evaluations available, discuss practical examples and issues to consider, and identify the most effective use of an evaluation.
12:10 – 1:10 PM | Lunch
1:10 – 1:57 PM | Permanency & The Family First Prevention Services Act
Speaker: Becky Stone, Foster America Fellow, Missouri Children’s Division, Jefferson City
The Family First Prevention Services Act, passed in February 2018, allows states to use federal title IV-E funds to prevent children from entering foster care. This legislation provides the opportunity for states to provide evidence-based services to families in the areas of parenting, substance abuse treatment and mental health interventions, to prevent removal of children. Learn about this powerful new tool for addressing permanency through prevention.
1:57 – 2:47 PM | JUDICIAL PANEL: Judicial Expectations – GAL Do’s & Don’ts
Panelists: Hon. Elizabeth V. Rohrs, 30th Judicial Circuit, Bolivar; Hon. Sherrill L. Rosen, 16th Judicial Circuit, Independence; Hon. Margaret T. Donnelly, 21st Judicial Circuit, St. Louis
Judges will share their expectations of Guardians ad Litem as well as provide tips on how to effectively carry out the duties and responsibilities of a Guardian ad Litem.
2:47 – 2:57 PM | Break
2:57 – 3:47 PM | The GAL’s Role When the Child Resists the Parenting Plan
Speaker: Larry V. Swall II, Gates Shields Ferguson Swall Hammond, P.A., Liberty
Guardians ad Litem are often in the middle of difficult and/or high conflict families where there is evidence of child resistance to a parent, alienating behaviors by a parent, or a child who is completely alienated from a parent-child relationship. This program is designed to help GALs identify issues associated with this dynamic, define a “treatment” methodology, identify appropriate professionals to provide services, and to protect the ultimate best interests of children and their relationships with parents.
3:47 – 4:37 PM | Tools to Disengage the TOO Engaged Co-Parents
Speakers: Simone Haberstock McCartney, The Law Offices of Simone Haberstock McCartney, LLC, Richmond Heights; Arthur H. Nissenbaum
This session will help you identify high-conflict parents who will be best served with parallel parenting plans; develop parallel parenting plans; make a case for a parallel parenting plan in trial; and take actions that support disengagement of the parents.
4:37 PM | Adjourn
|8:30 AM - GAL Role Responsibility Courtney (198.7 KB)||Available after Purchase|
|8:41 AM - Comprehensive Trauma Treatment McCreary (257.1 KB)||Available after Purchase|
|9:28 AM - Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy McCreary (258.5 KB)||Available after Purchase|
|10:30 AM - Domestic Violence 101 Roychaudhury (1.1 MB)||Available after Purchase|
|11:20 AM - Proper Use of Custody Evaluations (2.3 MB)||Available after Purchase|
|1:10 PM - Permanency & the Family First Prevention Services Act Stone (1.9 MB)||Available after Purchase|
|1:57 PM - Judicial Expectations - GAL Dos Don'ts (324.4 KB)||Available after Purchase|
|2:57 PM - The GALs Role When the Child Resists the Parenting Plan Swall (358.4 KB)||Available after Purchase|
|3:47 PM - Tools to Disengage the Too Engaged Parents Haberstock Nissenbaum Updated (685.5 KB)||Available after Purchase|
|MOLAP Information (215 KB)||Available after Purchase|
|Important Information for Attorneys Seeking Kansas Credit (102.8 KB)||Available after Purchase|
Pamela was a staff attorney with Legal Aid of Western Missouri (LAWMO) for 14 years. In 2015, she became the managing attorney of the Joplin office, managing a staff of five attorneys, three paralegals and one support staff.
As a staff attorney, Pamela was a member of the domestic unit in the Kansas City office of LAWMO from 2001 to 2007, focusing on the representation of victims of abuse in divorce, paternity, custody, and orders of protection. She also served as Guardian ad Litem in child orders of protection. In 2007, she joined the Joplin office of LAWMO as their VAWA-STOP grant attorney representing victims of abuse in orders of protection. She continues to represent victims of abuse in family law matters and represents many clients in housing, consumer, probate, and income maintenance cases.
Pamela is the current chair of the Family Law Section of The Missouri Bar. She is licensed in Missouri and Kansas.
Pamela received her Juris Doctor in 2001 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She received a B.A. in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1998.
Mr. Art Nissenbaum has a domestic relations practice in St. Louis. He often acts in the capacity of a Guardian Ad Litem. Art is also a mediator and parent coordinator. Art received his law degree from John Marshall School of Law in Chicago, Illinois. His undergraduate training was in psychology and human development/family at the University of Kansas. Art also received his Master of Arts degree in public administration from St. Louis University. Art currently participates on the St. Louis County Parent Coordinator Committee and is the current President on the Board for the Missouri Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.
Rick Scott, Ph.D., a clinical psychology graduate of St. Louis University, spent 30 years with the Department of Mental Health, primarily as a forensic examiner. In private practice since 1995, he does court-related evaluations in criminal and family law cases, and he provides training for mental health professionals and attorneys.
Hon. Elizabeth Rohrs has served as Associate Circuit Judge in Polk County since 2015, where she is the Family Court Judge. Prior to her election, she was engaged in private practice, served as Bolivar Municipal Judge and adjunct university instructor. She is a graduate of University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.
Hon. Margaret Donnelly was appointed circuit judge in August, 2016, by Gov. Jeremiah W. "Jay" Nixon. She was a St. Louis County Family Court commissioner from 2013 until her appointment as circuit judge.
Judge Donnelly holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Social Work degrees from Saint Louis University and graduated cum laude from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1988. From 1988 to 2009, she was engaged in the private practice of law. She served in the Missouri Legislature as a state representative for District 73 from 2003 to 2009 and was the Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services from 2009 to 2012.
Judge Donnelly has been honored for service by the Missouri Judicial Conference and Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. She received the Women's Justice Citizenship Award, St. Louis Children's Hospital Advocate of the Year award, and Paraquad Disability Rights Legislative Leadership Award. She is a member of the Missouri Bar, St. Louis County Bar Association, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Women Lawyers' Association and Mound City Bar Association.
Judge Donnelly lives in St. Louis County with her family.
Larry V. Swall is a family law attorney, licensed in Kansas and Missouri, with offices in Overland Park and Liberty. His private practice is concentrated in areas of family law and domestic mediation. Practicing for over 30 years, Mr. Swall was twice honored by the Missouri Bar.
Simone Haberstock has been a family law attorney for 30 years and a mediator for 20 years. She acquired a Masters of Law in Dispute Resolution from University of Missouri School of Law in 2013 where she did IRB approved research on a mediation-arbitration process. Since graduating, she has founded a non-profit mediation service, Confluence Missouri, Inc.; served on the Mediation and Parenting Coordination Oversight Committee in St. Louis County Circuit Court; and worked on a number of court-connected ADR and problem-solving court projects across the state. She recently completed an interview research project of Missouri litigants who used mandatory mediation and has assisted in the production of two videos for the public on ADR processes. She has mediated over 400 cases including family, small business, employment, landlord-tenant, and small claims matters. Ms. Haberstock has spoken and presented on a variety mediation and ADR topics, including the decision- making process, at both national and statewide conferences. She also served on the Board of Governors for the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis for 10 years and is the immediate past-president of the Missouri Chapter of Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.
Fri, Oct 13, 2023 - 08:30am to 04:38pm CDT
Wed, Nov 08, 2023 - 08:30am to 04:38pm CST
Tue, Dec 12, 2023 - 08:30am to 04:38pm CST